Considered one of the world’s most complete jazz musicians, trombonist Conrad Herwig sits atop both the performing and jazz education fields. During his now-measurable career, Herwig has performed globally at countless seminal venues and at scores of international and Stateside festivals; he has issued 26 recordings as a leader. In 2006, the native Oklahoman received the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival’s “Acket Award”; he is also a Downbeat poll winner.
In 1996, Herwig garnered the first of his four GRAMMY®-nominations when he delivered Latin Side of John Coltrane (Astor Place). The trombonist’s most recent release, Latin Side of Horace Silver (Savant; 2019), marks the eighth title in the highly acclaimed, long-running series. Herwig also appears on some-200 other sessions, having worked and/or recorded with several historically significant figures such as Clark Terry, Joe Henderson and Frank Sinatra. He also enjoyed stints with Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Toshiko Akiyoshi and even briefly with Miles Davis. Some of Herwig’s peers, colleagues and long-standing musical associations include noteworthy present-day artists such as Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell.
In the mid-1980s, the trombonist began his long run with Eddie Palmieri, a relationship still in place today. A former member of Paquito D’Rivera’s Quintet and the Dizzy Gillespie-inspired United Nation Orchestra, Herwig continues to perform with the Mingus Big Band, often serving as its musical director.
The gifted trombonist’s “pedigree” is equally impressive. He attended the University of North Texas, performing with the famed One O’Clock Jazz Lab Band. He received his undergraduate degree in Afro-Caribbean ethnomusicology from Goddard College and a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Queens College.
A premier jazz educator, Herwig has taught at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University since 2004; he became the school’s Director of Jazz Studies in 2012. Armed with a wide selection of original compositions and standout and creative small- and large-ensemble arrangements, the trombonist can step into any situation and deliver not only a stunning concert as leader or special guest, but through master classes and teaching he can also impart engaging, informative knowledge-based information and experience to aspiring younger musicians.
Conrad Herwig performs exclusively on Michael Rath trombones.